Huskies medal at Ultimate Warrior
Mount Union, Juniata have place-winners
ALLPORT – The best thing that ever happened to Trey Kibe is Tyler Stoltzfus and vice versa.
As Husky coach Kirby Martin loves to say, ‘Iron sharpens iron’ and Kibe and his compatriot from St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy do just that.
The grand finale of the Ultimate Warrior Tournament on Saturday was Kibe-Stoltzfus IV and like last season, the victory belonged to Kibe, this time in a thrilling 2-1 decision at 170 pounds.
Kibe and 106-pound champion Nic Allison led the area contingent of 12 medalists. Joining the defending champs were Mifflin County teammates Derek Burk (third at 120), Ethan Kauffman (third at 138), Brycen Hassinger (third at 182), Blaine Davis (fourth at 285), Kyler Everly (fifth at 132), and Anson Wagner (seventh at 152).
Mount Union had three medal winners – Bryce Beatty (second at 113), Jake Ryan (second at 285), and Kevin Morehouse (third at 126). Juniata had one medalist in freshman Casey Smith (seventh at 106).
In the battle of top-ranked wrestlers, Kibe, Class 3A No.1 and Stoltzfus, Class 2A top gun, battled to a scoreless tie through one. Stoltzfus chose down for period two and got out for one. Kibe, all too familiar with Stoltzfus and his mat prowess, chose neutral for period three.
The gamble paid off.
Kibe, who lost to the Lock Haven commit at Powerade 4-3 in December, finally broke through the tough Stoltzfus defense for a takedown with 12 seconds left in regulation for the 2-1 lead. Stoltzfus was close to coming around for two as the buzzer sounded and the crowd finally caught its collective breath.
The duo is now 2-2 against each other in their stellar careers. The final meeting between the two, Stoltzfus is a senior, may have been the best.
“This is the fourth time we’ve wrestled and I was really excited going into it. I knew it was going to be a battle. They saved us for the last match for a reason. Not that there weren’t other good matches,” Kibe said. “It was a good match. I was able to get the takedown with a short time left to seal the match. He kept getting to his underhooks on me, tying me up, and I couldn’t get to anything.
“I got one shot in the first period, didn’t finish, then I got back on him with the same shot and was able to finish. I looked up and there were 45 seconds left and I said I got to go and it paid off.”
Allison gave up the opening takedown to Coen Bainey of Bald Eagle Area in the finals but that was all she wrote for the Eagle freshman. The Husky sophomore ran off 15 consecutive points for the major decision victory, thanks to two takedowns and eight nearfall points from the headlock and two cradles.
“I tried the chin whip in the beginning and it didn’t work. I don’t think he would have got the takedown if I wouldn’t have gone for it,” Allison said. “I love the big moves, so from there I just worked. After my semifinals match, I was watching him and then during the break I watched my film of King of the Mountain and realized I cradled him, so I wanted to cradle him again.”
The Trojans placed two in the finals and both came up shy of a championship.
Tyrone’s Hunter Walk had takedowns in the first and second period and a reversal in the third to down Beatty 6-2.
Kolby Flank of Wilson Area pulled the upset of the finals, knocking off the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Ryan 5-2 at 220. Flank won the Outstanding Wrestler Award for his efforts.
Both wrestlers worked heavy hands and tried upper-body throws throughout the match. The difference was two headlocks Flank slipped for takedowns in the second and third periods.
Kauffman accomplished two major feats on the day – placing third with an 8-3 victory over Wyalusing’s Colbrin Norlin and his 100th career win.
“It’s pretty cool, but it’s just a stepping stone to my ultimate goal. This tournament attracts tough competition,” Kauffman said. “My first match went well. My second match went sudden victory. Not what I wanted, but I still got the win. My semifinal match (1-0 loss to champion Zack Witmer of St. Joe’s) was a good match. I didn’t get the win, but it helped me realize I can wrestle with anyone. I’m healthy, feeling good and very optimistic.”
Burk made his last trip to the Ultimate Warrior a memorable one with an injury default win over Jeff Russel of Shippensburg for third. His only loss came at the hands of eventual champion Cole Biscoe (Southern Columbia).
“I felt good. There was a lot of excitement being out here for the last time. This is the first tournament I’ve had since King of the Mountain since I’ve been back,” Burk said. “I felt pretty good. I feel I’m back in shape for the most part. I’m not quite where I want to be yet; I always want to be better. I want to keep improving and doing everything I can to get better.”
Everly placed for the first time after pinning Marion Center’s Hunter Armstrong in 1:26 for fifth place.
“I’m feeling comfortable. I want to keep my streak going and pounding my way through. I’ve been working on my feet well. I need to get better with my mat wrestling,” Everly said.
The Indians had their only placer in Smith, an undersized 106-pounder who is tough and aggressive on top. He used that skill to defeat Toren Cooper of Southern Columbia 7-3 for seventh.
“None of this would have been possible without my teammates in the room who push each other to get better,” Smith said. “I’m pretty confident on top and knew I could turn him. I knew I would have my ups-and-downs, but I think I’m having a good season. I know I’m a little underweight, but I have to go out there, wrestle hard, wrestle smart, and be confident in myself.”
Mifflin County scored 189.5 points to finish second behind Southern Columbia (210.5).
“We started with 12. We were definitely hoping for a lot of place winners. We had eight last year and we matched that. The day didn’t start out great, but we finished strong and I’m really proud of the kids,” Martin said. “I wanted this to be a rehearsal for the postseason and in tournaments like this, you learn how to dig deep and come back and win. Each kid that placed did a great job today. We need our kids to battle top-notch kids to get better. I’m very pleased with the intensity of wrestling we displayed this weekend.”
Mount Union placed 16th out of 34 teams with 74 points.
“I thought we did okay. Could’ve been better, but also could’ve been worse. We are coming to that time of the year when we need to be peaking and wrestling our best,” Mount Union coach Corey Wertz said. “We will get to work in the room for the next couple of weeks and try to do that.”
Juniata finished 26th with 26.5 points.
“We definitely saw things we need to improve upon, but with such a young squad, and the caliber of this tournament, we performed well,” Indians co-coach Jared Dressler said. “There are areas we can improve upon after this weekend in the wrestling room. Overall, I look for us to excel and do much better in the coming years.”
Juniata co-coach Adam Barrick said youthful mistakes are part of the learning and growing process of a inexperienced squad.
“We did well. We are young like I’ve been saying all year. We left a few more matches than we would have liked, but when you’re young, you make some mistakes and when you do that against the competition here, they make you pay,” Barrick said.
Ultimate Warrior Results
Consolation Fourth Round
106: Casey Smith, JHS pinned Soor Patel, Hickory, 1:20.
120: Ashton Sipes, Tyrone dec. Cameron Sweigart, JHS, 7-5 SV.
126: Blake Sheridan, Wilson Area pinned Lucas Sheetz, MC, 2:06.
126: Cole Norlin, Johnsonburg pinned Daniel Painter, JHS, :19.
132: Kyler Everly, MC injury def. Amonn Ohl, SJCA, :00.
152: Anson Wagner, MC pinned Aiden Zimmerman, Johnsonburg, 4:30.
160: Noah Bash, Brockway dec. Trey Shoemaker, MC, 8-4.
182: Corey Boerio, Greater Latrobe major dec. Chase Willis, JHS, 13-0.
195: Austin Wickham, Wilson Area vs. Teeg Tate, MC, 6-2.
195: Clay Watkins, Towanda dec. Clayton Arnold, MU, 6-1.
220: Max Tillet, Southern Columbia dec. Haydn Crum, MC, 7-2.
106: Nic Allison, MC pinned Korry Walls, Tyrone, 2:54.
113: Bryce Beatty, MU pinned Mark Palmer, Brockway, 2:46.
120: Kole Biscoe, Southern Columbia dec. Derek Burk, MC, 5-0.
126: Damion Finnegan, Altoona dec. Kevin Morehouse, MU, 5-0.
138: Zack Witmer, SJCA dec. Ethan Kauffman, MC, 1-0.
170: Trey Kibe, MC pinned Cade Linn, Southern Columbia, 2:55.
182: Alec Snyder, Wilson Area dec. Brycen Hassinger, MC, 4-3.
220: Jake Ryan, MU pinned David Close, BEA, 1:20.
285: Marvin Beatty, Marion Center pinned Blaine Davis, MC, 1:43.
106: Alex Boyd, Wyalusing dec. Casey Smith, JHS, 8-2.
132: Kyler Everly, MC dec. Nolan Shaffer, Johnsonburg, 2-1.
152: Logan Newton, Wyalusing pinned Anson Wagner, MC, 1:20.
120: Derek Burk, MC dec. Ashton Sipes, Tyrone, 9-3.
126: Kevin Morehouse, MU pinned Cole Norlin, Johnsonburg, 1:48.
132: Anthony Glasl, Brockway dec. Kyler Everly, MC, 4-0.
138: Ethan Kauffman, MC dec. Patrick Edmondson, Southern Columbia, 5-1.
182: Brycen Hassinger, MC pinned Kole Lichtenfels, Bishop McCort, 3:27.
285: Blaine Davis, MC dec. Roger Russell, Wilson Area, 3-1.
120: Derek Burk, MC injury def. Jeff Russel, Shippensburg, :00.
126: Kevin Morehouse, MU dec. Lucas Laktash, Bradford, 2-1.
138: Ethan Kauffman, MC dec. Colbrin Nolan, Wyalusing, 8-3.
182: Brycen Hassinger, MC dec. Corey Boerio, Greater Latrobe, 9-2.
285: Oliver Billotte, Clearfield dec. Blaine Davis, MC, 5-0.
132: Kyler Everly, MC pinned Hunter Armstrong, Marion Center, 1:26.
106: Casey Smith, JHS dec. Toren Cooper, Southern Columbia, 7-3.
152: Anson Wagner dec. Aiden Taylor, Bellwood-Antis, 7-1.
182: Tyler Watts, Johnsonburg dec. Alec Snyder, Wilson Area, 3-1.
195: Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia pinned Eric Johnson, Brockway, 1:15.
220: Kolby Flank, Wilson Area dec. Jake Ryan, MU, 5-2.
285: Marvin Beatty, Marion Center pinned Lear Quinton, Southern Columbia, 4:28.
106: Nic Allison, MC major dec. Coen Bainey, BEA, 15-2.
113: Hunter Walk, Tyrone dec. Bryce Beatty, MU, 6-2.
120: Kole Biscoe, Southern Columbia major dec. Nathan Roth, Greater Latrobe, 9-0.
126: Damion Finnegan, Altoona dec. Gavin Stewart, Marion Center, 5-3.
132: Gabe Wilochell, Greater Latrobe dec. Matt Sarbo, Altoona, 11-10.
138: Zack Witmer, SJCA major dec. Dominic Fronteno, Shippensburg, 10-0.
145: Gage McClenahan, BEA dec. Cooper Warshel, Richland, 3-0.
152: Caleb Dowling, SJCA dec. Daniel Yetsick, Ambridge, 7-5.
160: Keegan Rothrock, SJCA dec. Mark McGonigal, Clearfield, 5-0.
170: Trey Kibe, MC dec. Tyler Stoltzfus, SJCA, 2-1.
OW: Kolby Flank, Wilson Area
1. Southern Columbia 210.5
2. Mifflin County 189.5
3. Johnsonburg 131
4. Greater Latrobe 130.5
5. Wilson Area 123.5
16. Mount Union 74
26. Juniata 26.5